Thursday, October 18, 2018

Chocolate Oatmeal Protein Bars

Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm passing on my love for food and cooking to this tiny human one baked good at a time. 

This kid loves to help in the kitchen especially when chocolate is involved. Sometimes she wants to skip the "cooking" part and go straight to the "eating" part. She's clearly a kid after my own heart.

RUGHAND MIXER

Ever  Sunday I typically spend a few hours meal planning and prepping for the week. Last weekend Emerson decided she would help me make our go-to oatmeal protein bars, among other things, with a chocolate twist. Emerson calls these figgy bars. BTW, they are made with zero figs. Either way, they're a meal prep staple!

STEP STOOL

I'm not going to lie, but making them with chocolate Kodiak Pancake Mix is like eating a healthy brownie at breakfast. I'm totally ok with that too. This is a perfect way to use up a few ripe bananas and they freeze well if you have a ton of bananas to use!


You're probably thinking there's no way you actually eat these bars. Well, my friend, I do and they are delicious with a cup of coffee. I'm all for recipes pulling double duty. These bars are an ideal grab-and-go breakfast or snack. For breakfast, I say pair it with a hard-boiled egg for a little extra protein, but enjoy as is for an afternoon snack. Next time I might add white chocolate chips, because why not!

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL PROTEIN BARS

Ingredients 
1 cup Kodiak Cakes Dark Chocolate Pancake mix 
125g ripe banana
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 medium egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups oats
1/4 cup walnuts, almond, chocolate chips or a scoop of protein powder (optional)

Directions 
Combine all ingredients, pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350 until golden brown 20-30 minutes.

Do you meal prep? What are a few of your weekly staples?

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